Police crackdown set to hit Stevenage’s electric scooter users
- Credit: Welwyn Hatfield Police
Police officers in Stevenage look set to target e-scooter users soon, after a rise in the number of reports of illegally used privately-owned electric scooters.
Neighbourhood Sergeant Chris Adshead has issued a warning to those who may rise their electric scooters illegally in Stevenage town centre and further afield.
He said: “Recently, there have been increased reports of e-scooters being ridden illegally in Stevenage and I want to reiterate how dangerous these vehicles can be.
“If you are caught riding an e-scooter on a public highway, pavement or cycle lane it could be seized by the police. You could then be reported for driving offences which would lead to significant penalty points and a fine.”
Electric scooters are motor vehicles, but are not road legal and therefore cannot be insured. To ride an e-scooter on a road or public place without insurance would therefore breach the Road Traffic Act 1988.
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“I want to reassure the public that if we see an e-scooter being ridden in a public place, we will deal with the rider appropriately,” Sgt Adshead added.
“This is likely to involve seizing the scooter and reporting the rider for the appropriate offences.
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“The local teams are engaging with the retailers that sell these machines, to advise them to remind any purchasers that they cannot use an e-scooter on a public road.”
The government recently announced plans to introduce e-scooter rental trials in some parts of the UK, in order to ease the burden on public transport and allow for easier social distancing.